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Sunday, July 22, 2007



Call me idealist but I do not lveiebe a boycott of the games supports what the Olympics is suppose to be about. And in hindsight I feel the same way about the 1980 and 1984 boycotts.The games (IMHO) are supposed to be about the worlds nations coming together in an exercise of unity. Also, its a stage for people who would not ordinarily be heard to speak and be heard by the world. One example I can think of is the Iraqi soccer team.If you want the athletes to wear signs or walk hand and hand with representatives of those those peoples then do that. Just don't show up. Its a wasted effort. China could easily spin it by saying the Americans were scared or though they were too good to show up.

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